NEW YORK (AP) — With an afternoon start that felt like morning to them, the Sacramento Kings weren't sharp when their game began.
Towns leads T-wolves past Kings 112-105
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns had 34 points and 21 rebounds in his return from the concussion protocol, helping the Minnesota Timberwolves stave off the Sacramento Kings for a 112-105...
The Latest: US tops World in Rising Stars game, 161-144
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on NBA All-Star Weekend (all times local):
Kyle Kuzma of the Los Angeles Lakers scored 35 points, Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics added 30 and the U.S. beat the World team 161-144 in the Rising Stars game for first- and second-year players at All-Star Weekend.
Hield scores 34 points, Kings hold off 76ers 115-108
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — On a night when Sacramento's Buddy Hield set a career-high for 3-pointers, teammate De'Aaron Fox felt that Hield's two dunks were just as important.
It's something Fox wants to see more of, too, as the Kings continue to push to end their 13-year playoff drought.
Hield scored 34 points and made seven 3s, and Sacramento weathered a fourth-quarter flurry from Jimmy Butler to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 115-108 on Saturday night.
Simmons, Mitchell, Doncic headline Rising Stars game
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Philadelphia's Ben Simmons, Utah's Donovan Mitchell and Dallas' Luka Doncic were among the 20 players announced Tuesday as participants in this year's Rising Stars game at All-Star weekend.
Simmons is the reigning rookie of the year, and Doncic is the favorite to win that award this season.
For the fifth straight year, the game that features rookies and second-year players will use a U.S. vs. World format.
Hield, Fox lead Sacramento to 99-96 victory over Grizzlies
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Sacramento Kings made the right plays down the stretch to end their losing streak and extend the Memphis Grizzlies' miseries.
Buddy Hield scored 26 points and De'Aaron Fox added 22, including a key 19-footer in the final minute, to help the Kings to a 99-96 victory over the Grizzlies on Friday night.
The loss was Memphis' eighth straight and 14th in the last 15 games as the team tries to hold itself together amid trade rumors involving star Mike Conley and Marc Gasol.
Fast-playing Kings try to run all the way to the postseason
NEW YORK (AP) — Dave Joerger sized up Sacramento's situation in the summer and decided there was a need for speed.
Never mind that his past doesn't scream run and gun. He was one of the coaches who oversaw the grit-and-grind era in Memphis, and disagrees that everyone needs to play fast even in this era of exploding offenses in the NBA.
Celebs, athletes give ‘Dragon Ball’ pop culture super status
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Dragon Ball" may be a Japanese-born anime, but the series has become a major pop culture influencer for years. Rappers sprinkle references in their rhymes, athletes channel the character's super powers when making big plays and the franchise's star even made a towering appearance at November's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Kings beat Trail Blazers 115-107 despite 35 from Lillard
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — It hasn't taken long for Marvin Bagley III to regain his rhythm in Sacramento's offense after missing 11 games with an injured left knee.
The second overall pick in the draft still needs to improve his free throw shooting in the fourth quarter, but Bagley is definitely giving the Kings' second unit quite a lift.
Bogdanovic scores 22 to lead Kings past Hornets, 104-97
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Sacramento Kings usually try to run past opponents or win games from behind the 3-point line. They are also learning they can triumph by playing solid defense and limiting their mistakes on offense.
Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 22 points, Willie Cauley-Stein had his second straight double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds, and the Kings beat the road-weary Charlotte Hornets 104-97 on Saturday night.
Hield scores 18 as Kings defeat Griffin-less Pistons 112-102
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Sacramento Kings won the battle behind the 3-point line and never trailed in a victory against the Blake Griffin-less Detroit Pistons.
Buddy Hield scored 18 points, Willie Cauley-Stein had 14 points and 14 rebounds, and the Kings went 9-of-22 on 3-pointers in a 112-102 victory Thursday night against the Pistons, who came into the game as the NBA's best team at defending 3-point shots.
Fox scores 20, Kings beat Magic 111-95 to stop 4-game skid
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — After four excruciating losses, the Sacramento Kings savored a rare blowout victory Monday night.
De'Aaron Fox had 20 points and the Kings snapped a four-game skid with a 111-95 win over the Orlando Magic.
Getting a little swagger back after blowing fourth-quarter leads in all four of those defeats, the Kings went ahead by double digits in a dominant second period and led by 28 entering the fourth.
Bench helps Clippers hang on for 127-118 win over Kings
LOS ANGELES (AP) — With a 27-point lead quickly disappearing, Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers was left with little choice.
It was time to put his five best players back on the floor for the final three minutes.
Hield scores 28 points to push Kings past Grizzlies 102-99
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Buddy Hield watched Mike Conley put on an impressive shooting display for three quarters. Then he spoiled Conley's big night with his own hot streak.
Hield made four of his six 3-pointers over the final 8 1/2 minutes and scored 16 points in the fourth quarter to help the Sacramento Kings rally for a 102-99 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday.
Hield, Fox help Kings end Mavs’ home winning streak, 120-113
DALLAS (AP) — The Sacramento Kings ended the Dallas Mavericks' home winning streak and spoiled Dirk Nowitzki's return to the American Airlines Center.
More importantly for them, they found a way to close the deal after a stinging home loss.
Buddy Hield and De'Aaron Fox each scored 28 points Sunday night in the Kings' 120-113 victory, which ended the Mavs' 11-game home winning streak.
Fox sparks 2nd-half rally, Kings beat Bulls 108-89
CHICAGO (AP) — De'Aaron Fox put together another impressive offensive display on Monday night. And all he wanted to talk about was defense.
Fox scored 23 of his 25 points in the second half, helping the Sacramento Kings rally for a 108-89 victory over the lowly Chicago Bulls.
The speedy Fox went 8 for 11 from the field after missing each of his first five shots in the first half. Bogdan Bogdanovic and Marvin Bagley III added 16 points apiece as Sacramento closed out a 3-1 road trip.
Fox, Hield lead Kings to 129-110 win over Cavaliers
CLEVELAND (AP) — De'Aaron Fox and the Sacramento Kings found their stride in the second half.
The Cleveland Cavaliers just couldn't keep up.
Fox had 30 points and 12 assists, and the Kings beat the Cavaliers 129-110 on Friday night.
"We played with a lot more communication and physicality in the second half," Sacramento coach Dave Joerger said, "and we knew we needed to."
Hield scores 20, Kings bury Suns early in 122-105 win
PHOENIX (AP) — The Sacramento Kings couldn't have asked for an easier lead-in to a three-game Eastern swing.
Buddy Hield scored 20 points in 18 minutes and the Kings buried the Suns early on Tuesday night, outscoring Phoenix 36-9 in the first quarter as they cruised to a 122-105 victory.
De'Aaron Fox had 16 points and seven assists. Seven players scored in double figures for Sacramento, including Bogdan Bogdanovic off the bench with 14 points, and no starter played more than 27 minutes.
Cauley-Stein’s putback dunk lifts Kings past Pacers 111-110
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Sacramento Kings have already established themselves as a fairly solid offensive team this season with their quick-paced scoring attack.
Every now and then, they show signs of being pretty good on defense, too.
Willie Cauley-Stein scored on a putback dunk with 16.1 seconds left, Sacramento held Indiana to one bucket over the final 3 minutes and the Kings held on to beat the Pacers 111-110 on Saturday night.
Kings hold on to end 14-game losing streak to Spurs
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Ending a 14-game losing streak that spanned nearly four years to the San Antonio Spurs didn't mean as much to Sacramento as finishing its quick four-game homestand with an even record.
It's understandable, since many of these young Kings were still in high school the last time Sacramento beat the Spurs.
Fox logs first triple-double as Kings rout Hawks 146-115
ATLANTA (AP) — De'Aaron Fox's teammates made sure he knew he was close to his first career triple-double.
Fox reached the milestone in a rout inspired by a similarly lopsided loss in Sacramento's last visit to Atlanta.
Fox set career highs with 31 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds, and the Kings beat the Hawks 146-115 on Thursday night for their fifth straight win.
Fox didn't have to look at the scoreboard to know he was approaching the triple-double.
Hield, Kings top Magic 107-99 for fourth straight win
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Sacramento has had some success trying to outrun and outscore opponents. Against the Orlando Magic, the Kings turned to defense.
Buddy Hield finished with 25 points and the Kings defeated Orlando 107-99 on Tuesday night to extend their winning streak to four games.
Kings run away after halftime, top Heat 123-113
MIAMI (AP) — Sacramento's offensive approach was not exactly elaborate: Run, run, run and keep running.
Once the Kings got rolling, Miami had no answers.
Willie Cauley-Stein scored 26 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, Buddy Hield added 23 points and the high-octane Kings put their youthful athleticism on full display in getting past the Heat 123-113 on Monday night — putting up huge numbers even after sputtering through the first quarter.
Kings take control in 4th, hold off Wizards 116-112
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — De'Aaron Fox had to plea repeatedly with Kings teammate Nemanja Bjelica to shoot the ball after Bjelica missed his only two attempts in the first quarter.
Once Bjelica got the message, Sacramento's offense started to click.
Bjelica made three of his career high-tying six 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and had a key block on John Wall late, and the Kings beat the Washington Wizards 116-112 on Friday night.
Fox scores 21 points to rally Kings past Grizzlies 97-92
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Dave Joerger's young Kings team had another night of silly mistakes, broken plays and missed assignments.
This time Sacramento played through the trouble and won.
De'Aaron Fox scored 21 points, including a leaning, one-handed dunk as part of a pivotal run late in the fourth quarter, and the Kings beat the Memphis Grizzlies 97-92 on Wednesday.
LeBron gets first win in LA as Lakers beat Kings
LeBron James is a winner for the first time as a Laker.
James scored 18 points in a back-and-forth first half before resting in the second half, watching his teammates pull out a 128-123 preseason victory over the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night.
Brandon Ingram missed two free throws with 10 seconds left, but Kyle Kuzma tipped in the second miss to give the Lakers a 126-123 lead. Wenyen Gabriel had a good look at a tying 3-pointer but it hit the front of the rim.
Kings looking to De’Aaron Fox to lead faster paced offense
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sacramento Kings coach Dave Joerger wants his team to run more this season and plans to give speedy point guard De'Aaron Fox all the room he needs.
Fox was one of the fastest players in the NBA last year as a rookie, but the Kings offense was uneven most of the season and frequently bogged down in the half-court.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — After a big first half, Buddy Hield struggled to score after the break. However, his persistence paid off in the end.
Hield scored 17 of his 19 points in the first two quarters, and then had a key steal and tiebreaking fast-break dunk with 37 seconds left to help the Sacramento Kings snap a four-game skid with an 84-83 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — De'Aaron Fox made another shot at the buzzer to force overtime. Then Zach Randolph took his turn making the big plays for the Kings.
It wasn't pretty at times, not after Sacramento blew a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter, but it was just enough to keep coach Dave Joerger's club on its mini-roll.